10 DIY Hamster Bin Cages You Can Build Today (With Pictures)

Last Updated: October 9, 2020

Hamsters are great pets, in no small part because of how affordable they are to own. However, they can still cost you a pretty penny up front, especially if you have to buy all the gear at once.

Luckily, there are a few ways in which you can save some money, and perhaps the best way to stretch your hamster budget is by creating your own bin cage. These are often made from basic plastic storage bins, but as you’ll soon discover, you can class them up a bit more as well, provided you’re willing to put in the work.

We’ve collected some of our favorite designs for you to check out, and you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for both you and your furry friend from the options below.

Before we begin, though, it’s important to remind you that you absolutely have to include holes of some kind in your bin (that’s what the mesh is for). Otherwise, your hamster could suffocate, and that’s clearly not a good thing.

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1. Wood Cage from HamsterHideout.com

Wood Cage from HamsterHideout.com
Image: HamsterHideout.com

This classy cage from HamsterHideout.com gives you a clear view of your hamster at all times, so you can always have a steady stream of entertainment close by.

It’s very large, but that just gives your pet more room to wander. And, given how beautiful this thing looks, it can function as a decoration just as much as a pet sanctuary.

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Skills Needed: Moderate woodworking skills

Tools
  • Wood
  • Wire mesh
  • Plexiglass
  • Locking latch
  • Glue
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Chop saw

2. DIY Bin Cage from HamsterGuru.com

DIY Bin Cage from HamsterGuru.com
Image: HamsterGuru.com

Courtesy of HamsterGuru.com, we have this inexpensive and easy-to-build plastic cage that gives your little rodent plenty of room to play.

All you need is a large plastic bin (you probably have several lying around the house right now, as a matter of fact), a few other odds and ends, and a little bit of time to build your hamster his dream home.

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Beginner crafts skills

Tools
  • Large plastic bin
  • Wire mesh
  • Zip ties
  • Drill
  • Scissors

3. Hamster Cage from nolieclaire

Youtube hamster guru nolieclaire suggests this clever and colorful option. It uses a lid with locking handles, which makes securing the top easier to do and doesn’t require drilling.

However, it does require you to be extra-sure that you closed it securely every time.

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Beginner crafts skills

Tools
  • Plastic bin
  • Mesh
  • Box cutter
  • Duct tape
  • Zip ties

4. Stackable Cage by HamsterHideout.com

Stackable Cage by HamsterHideout.com
Image: HamsterHideout.com

You can accommodate multiple pets with this stackable model, or if you’re really determined, you could give your hamster a giant, multi-level mansion to live in.

The basic design is the same as just about any other bin cage, except you’re stacking them vertically and putting the mesh door on the side instead of the roof.

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Beginner crafts skill

Tools
  • Multiple plastic bins
  • Box cutter
  • Mesh
  • Cable ties

5. Interconnected Bins by HammyHappenings

Interconnected Bins by HammyHappenings
Image: HammyHappenings

This extremely fun, multi-level enclosure is the creation of HammyHappenings, a hamster enthusiast on WordPress. The general structure is still basic and easy to build, but there’s a lot more decoration involved with this one, making it a colorful addition to any room of your home.

We’re especially big fans of the tubes connecting the two levels — and we bet your hamster will be, too.

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Basic crafts skill

Tools
  • Multiple plastic bins
  • Box cutter
  • Mesh
  • Plastic tubing
  • Cable ties
  • Decorations (as desired)

6. DIY Three-Story House by consumerqueen

DIY Three-Story House by consumerqueen
Image: consumerqueen

This triple-story model from consumerqueen gives your pet plenty of room to explore, as well as providing you with the ability to give every level a specific purpose.

One floor can be dedicated to his bedding, while another is his exercise room, and the final one can be his dining room. We bet we know which room he’ll spend the most time in.

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Beginner crafts skills

Tools
  • Three plastic bins
  • Box cutter
  • Drill
  • Mesh
  • Cable ties

7. Double Decker Cage by Hammy Time

Double Decker Cage by Hammy Time
Image: Hammy Time

From Hammy Time, we have this attractive two-story model that gives your hamster plenty of places to peek out — and plenty of opportunities for you to grab him when it’s snuggle time.

This design gives your furry friend lots of room to stretch out without also taking up a ton of space in your house.

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Beginner crafts skills

Tools
  • Two plastic bins
  • Mesh
  • Screws
  • Washers
  • Drill
  • Box cutter

8. Bin Cage by morganel

Bin Cage by morganel
Image: morganel

This bin (courtesy of user morganel on hamsterhideout.com) manages to be both simple and elaborate at the same time.

It’s made using only a single bin, but you can dress it up with multiple mesh portholes to make it both attractive and interesting to your hamster (not to mention guests).

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Beginner crafts skills

Tools
  • Plastic bin
  • Wire mesh
  • Box cutter
  • Cable ties

9. Extended Bin by Dog Paw Blog

Extended Bin by Dog Paw Blog
Image: Dog Paw Blog

This extra-long model from Dog Paw Blog will give your hamster all the room in the world to run around (or at least, it will seem that way to him).

This is a massive bin to be sure, but if you’re willing to let your pet have all the space he wants, it’s a fantastic option. Plus, it’s ridiculously easy to make.

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Beginner crafts skills

Tools
  • Long plastic bin
  • Drill
  • Cable ties
  • Mesh

10. Leopard Print by Lindsey Parker

Leopard Print by Lindsey Parker
Image: Lindsey Parker

This exotic cage, courtesy of Pinterest user Lindsey Parker, is incredibly basic and easy to build, but you’d never guess it from the fierce design.

It’s amazing how a little leopard print can really dress up the place, huh?

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Beginner crafts skills

Tools
  • Plastic bin
  • Mesh
  • Cable ties
  • Leopard print fabric
  • Box cutter

divider-pawBuilding the Perfect Bin for Your Hamster

As you can see, most of the above bins follow the same basic formula. Take a bin (or build your own, if you want something other than plastic), cut some holes in it so you can fit the mesh inside, and decorate to your liking.

While the formula may be basic, it allows for nearly infinite customization. You can stack as many as your ceilings will allow, connect them with tubing, and decorate them to your heart’s desire.

Best of all, even the most elaborate bin won’t cost more than a few bucks. So, if you haven’t already made one for your hamster, what are you waiting for?

Featured Image: Zdeněk Chalupský from Pixabay